Meaning of banter


Good friends usually banter back and forth easily, like they’re trying to keep a step ahead of each other in witty responses. This type of banter is their special language of friendship.

Banter is both a noun and a verb about talking. It comes from unknown origins, but even as a word, it seems to be playful and teasing. You can engage in banter with friends, siblings, parents, and even good-natured strangers. Banter usually ends with everyone feeling better for the talk and verbal play. Joking, joshing, and teasing are all related to banter.

Definitions of banter
  1. noun

    light teasing repartee


    backchat, give-and-take, raillery

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    frivolous banter

    light teasing
    type of:


    adroitness and cleverness in reply

  2. verb

    be silly or tease one another


    chaff, jolly, josh, kid

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    type of:

    bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit

    harass with persistent criticism or carping

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